My Ghana Experience- Kumasi & Cape Coast Part 1
If you follow me on social media, you will have seen that I visited Ghana over the Thanksgiving holiday. I decided to go over the holiday because I wouldn’t have to take off so many days from work since we were off Thursday and Friday. It is a great time to travel and generally less crowds (from Americans at least since they will most likely be home for the holidays)
The process of me getting to Ghana was a journey to say the least- having to get a visa & being asked by Delta to repurchase my flight when I arrived to the airport–more on that later.
The first day and a half I spent in Cape Coast which is about 2 hours away from Accra. First we visited Cape Coast Castle & Elimina Castle, the two most popular slave castles. It was a chilling experience to say the least. I actual stepped foot in a place where millions of slaves were held over time. Hundreds cramped in small rooms at a time shackled to each other, having to sit and sleep in waste, getting sick, etc… I don’t have to go into all the visuals. I have been on a journey to find out more about where we came from and learn more about the diaspora. Unfortunately I somehow deleted all of my images and video from my camera from that day so I was super bummed. Luckily I did do some video on my phone and posted on IG.
It was an unforgettable experience and gave me some ideas of next places to travel. I learned so much that of course is not in our history books. I encourage everyone to visit the slave castles and learn more about how we got here.
The next day we headed to Kakum National Park for a dope canopy walk. It was waaayyy up and pretty scary actually. Set in the rainforest of Cape Coast area, it was a cool backdrop and I got a ton of exercise. Here we are on the canopy:
After that we headed to Kumasi for 3 nights to explore the capital of the Ashanti region. We went to the old palace, learned so many stories about their kingdom and some cool legends. Driving on the way we passed by several villages and every place pretty much sold something- pretty much anything you could think of especially fresh fruit and even fresh meat. You could get some great food and even see someone pounding fufu right outside. I definitely picked up fruit and a ton of water of course lol.
One thing I was definitely surprised about was that Ghana was so mountainous AND that it was very tropical. With palm trees everywhere and tropical fruits, it reminded me of Costa Rica actually. I didn’t have those expectations going in.
The next day we went to Lake Bosumtwi for a quick boat ride and to relax with a little breeze from the water.
On our way back to Accra we headed to Boti Falls and Umbrella Rock. We were pressed for time so we didn’t do the multiple mile hike to get there and back…plus I don’t think I would’ve been able to survive that in that heat…or maybe I’m just out of shape.
After this, we went to the falls to cool off:
..And back to Accra where I originally started. I definitely will have more detailed posts if you are interested in traveling to Ghana. Just wanted to share some pics so far. More on Accra, the markets and things you need to do to travel there.